Residents deal with cold night without power

(WXYZ) - It’s dark in a Farmington Hills neighborhood near 11 Mile Road and Orchard lake Road, and it may stay that way for another night.

Residents are filling up the generators and settling in for a long, dark and cold night without power.

“I may get a hotel room,” says Elain Malafouris.

Elaine and Tom Malafouris tell 7 Action News the power went out this morning after strong winds knocked over a tall pine tree in their subdivision, downing a DTE energy line and knocking off power to about 80 of their neighbors.

The neighborhood is still without power following a day of strong winds over the region, knocking over trees, downing wires, causing traffic jams due to dark stoplights, and killing power to more than 100,000 DTE customers in the metro Detroit area.The hardest hit area was Oakland County.

DTE reports 300 power lines came down following the storm that produced 60 mph winds. Safety crews were dispatched to watch over the downed lines until repair trucks, dispatched from as far away as Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin, can repair and string up the power lines.

Until then, customers wait.

“We’ll just live through it. It’s Michigan,” says Jack Rosen.